Earlier this month, National Disability Institute (NDI) Deputy Director, Elizabeth Jennings, was the recipient of the Wendy M. Wood Award. The award was presented by the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) at its 2017 National APSE Conference in Portland, Ore. Wendy M. Wood was the founding Executive Director of APSE and the award in her name “recognizes emerging leaders who develop a vision and create actions that work towards the full inclusion of individuals with disabilities in society.
As NDI Deputy Director, Ms. Jennings has extensive experience in building and expanding relationships between the disability and asset building communities. She is a national trainer on Social Security benefits and asset development strategies for persons with disabilities (including favorable tax provisions and the Earned Income Tax Credit, financial education and protected savings opportunities). Ms. Jennings is also the Assistant Director and Training and Technical Assistance Director for NDI’s LEAD Center, a program funded by the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). The LEAD Center is a national training center with a mission to advance sustainable individual and systems level change that results in improved, competitive integrated employment and economic self-sufficiency outcomes for individuals across the spectrum of disability.
Ms. Jennings’ decades of experience includes spearheading asset development initiatives in Florida and New York, creating collaborative agreements, executing grant allocations, providing technical assistance on federal disability policy and assisting individuals in job development and understanding the effect of work on public benefits.
Ms. Jennings earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Florida State University and recently completed a Master’s in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.